6 Working From Home Lunch Ideas That Are Healthy, Delicious, and Easy
Looking to shake up lunch time? Here are 6 working from home lunch ideas that are healthy, delicious, and easy to whip up.
One of the greatest joys of working from home is not having to worry about packing a lunch. However, studies show that 12% of remote workers don't eat lunch at all. Over 42% order their food, and another 38% rely on snacks to keep them going.
Maintaining a work-life balance is essential when working from home. A great way to start is by giving yourself the proper nourishment with a healthy lunch. Here are our top tasty, healthy, and easy working-from-home lunch recipes.
1. Spinach and Chicken Salad
All you need is fresh spinach and cooked chicken for this recipe. Before putting your chicken onto your salad, add this homemade dressing first. We recommend following the instructions in recipe 6 for the chicken. You can make things extra easy with our Salad Dressing shaker, which speeds up the prep. A good salad can also last in a glass salad dressing container for later.
Recipe: Mix one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar with 1 tsp of Dijon mustard and a squeeze of half a lemon. If you need more dressing, scale this ratio up. Throw it in your Salad Dressing Shaker with an optional 1/2 tsp of maple syrup for sweetness,
Looking for something with a little more flavor? Try out this Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad with Avocado!
2. Zucchini Basil Mini Quiche
You can prep these tasty morsels in as little as 10 minutes, then stick them in the fridge for later.
Recipe: Whisk 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of milk together until smooth. Add two eggs and two egg yolks, another 3/4 cup of milk, 1 cup heavy cream, 3/4 tsp. of kosher salt, and 1/8 tsp. of nutmeg, and whisk it up again.
In a non-stick pan, heat some oil and sauté four minced cloves of garlic and two minced shallots. Grate some zucchini into the pan and stir until soft. Take it off the heat and start greasing your mini muffin tins.
The order you pack the tins is going to matter here. Start with a pinch of grated cheese at the bottom, then 1 tsp of your zucchini mixture. Hit it with a bit of chopped fresh basil and then one whole tablespoon of batter.
Put it in an oven at 450F, and bake until golden and puffy, about 15-18 minutes. Make sure to let it cool first before digging in. If they're too stubborn to come out of the tin, run a butter knife around the inside rim to loosen it.
3. Coconut Chia Protein Pancakes
Breakfast foods can also make a healthy lunch! Our Batter Mixer can help you whip these up quickly, and they'll taste amazing. You only need a few ingredients and simple tips to make these great pancakes. The star of the show is the chia seeds. They contain tons of fiber, calcium, protein, antioxidants, and Omega 3 to keep your brain and body energized.
Recipe: Crack an egg into your Batter Mixer and add 4 tbsp coconut milk. Shake to whisk it together. Next, add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp of coconut flour, 3 tbsp vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds, and 1 tbsp coconut flakes. Finish with a pinch of salt and shake everything in the Batter Mixer.
Heat a pan or skillet to medium heat, add coconut oil, and scoop out your scrumptious coconut chia protein pancakes. These are sure to help power you through the rest of your day. You can store the rest of the batter in the fridge for later.
4. Healthy Charcuterie Box
When working from home, your lunch doesn't have to be fancy or require loads of prep time. A simple homemade charcuterie box hits the perfect balance between snackable and filling. You can even use Whiskware Snacking Containers to help you pre-portion the exact ratios you want ahead of time or add dips. Charcuterie might sound complicated, but it's easy.
Recipe: Start with your healthy cheese of choice and cut it into cubes, wedges, or bite-size strips.
Next, cut up some delicious meat. We recommend using low-sodium smoked sausage and prosciutto. Once you have the meat, decide on your fruits, veggies, grain, and dips.
Grapes and strawberries are super popular. The same is true for carrots and celery with garlic hummus. Your grain is optional, but healthy lightly-salted crackers round out any charcuterie box.
5. Vegan Burritos
Burritos are a tasty choice for anyone, but this Vegan recipe is tops for an easy WFH lunch!
Recipe: Throw one can of drained black beans into an oiled skillet. Spice it up with cumin, oregano, garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
1 tsp is enough for most of the spices, but we recommend going lighter on the garlic, salt, and peppers. Once the spices have bloomed, and the beans have cooked, put them aside. Load a tortilla with beans, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, avocado, cilantro, and vegan sour cream.
Wrap it up and throw it into the skillet for about 2 minutes on each side or until you see it crisp. Enjoy!
6. Chicken Wraps
As far as easy lunch ideas go, a good old-fashioned chicken wrap might be one of the best. It's endlessly customizable and super healthy to boot.
Recipe: Start with about 3-4 ounces of grilled chicken breast per wrap you want to make. While you can buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, doing it yourself is super easy.
Butterfly a chicken breast by cutting it open like a book. Season it with salt and pepper on both sides, and rub it in. You may also add a Mediterranean spice mix to add depth.
Grill it with a bit of oil in a hot pan until cooked on both sides. Once cooked, chop it into cubes and put it aside or in a snack container for later.
Get a tortilla and load it up with your chicken, shredded cheese, a sprinkle of minced cilantro, and green onions. Ranch is optional, but make sure to go with a low-fat one. Fold it into the classic burrito shape, and put it in a medium hot pan.
A minute on each side is enough to crisp it up and keep the fold tight.
The best working-from-home lunch ideas are all tasty, nutritious, and easy to make. You can prep them in advance with the right tools and then eat them whenever hanger strikes. You can pick up some game-changing tips and equipment at our site to make things even easier.
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